Entries in P238 (4)

Sunday
Jan292012

The Move from .380 to 9mm is ON

Concealed carry is now available (in some form) in every state except Illinois (and the District of Columbia).  Handgun sales are growing at record levels.  That is not going to slow down anytime soon.  Trust me, even if the Obamanation rolls on for another four years, its not going to slow down the concealed carry movement. 

Now that California has outlawed open carry the courts are going to force the land of the fruits and the nuts to implement a realistic & CONSTITUTIONAL concealed carry statute. Illinois will be forced to pass legislation CHL legislation in 2012 after the November elections.  CHL holders are the most law abiding, responsible citizens in the country.  And the bottom line is the Second Amendment, slowly but surely being upheld by the Supreme Court. 

Its no secret that .380 caliber is the most popular size for new CHL holders.  Im not a fan of .380 for personal defense yet even I purchased a Sig P238.  I liked it so much (though I only carry it as a back up) that I got one for my wife and one for my daughter.  My brother in-law liked ours (3 different styles) so much that he went out and bought one.  Then his son-in-law had to have one and his daughter iswell you get the picture.  And the P238 is about twice the price of the most popular .380, the Ruger LCP, which is breaking sales records everyday.

2012 will be a banner year in the move from the .380 to the 9mm for CHL holders.  The Kimber Solo, Kahr PM9 and Diamondback DB9 micros are already out there as is the Beretta Nano.  Sig has started production on the P938 9mm

Yesterday we looked at a Beretta Nano, which I think has the best potential of all the mini 9s out there now.  Im not ready to buy one yet.  But many CHL owners are already in the micro market.  The Academy gun guy told me hes selling at least one Diamondback DB9 a day in spite of its well documented problems (Google it). 

Its too early to tell if the physics for a reliable micro 9mm has been mastered.  But I can assure you that all of the manufacturers, including the gold standard, GLOCK is working on it. Theres GOLD in them there hills! More and more casual CHL holders are going to upgrade to 9mm for self defense. 

Berretta has been owned by the same family for some five hundred years. The Beretta company was established in 1526  Thats not a typo!  DiamondBack hasnt been around long enough to warrant a page on Wikipedia. 

Well be watching the Nano closely and will let you know if we decide to buy one.  Heres the Official video. Hickok45 has not weighed in on the Nano yet, but youll find that many others already have posted Nano YouTube videos

Friday
Jan202012

Serving Up the Springfield XDs 3.3 Kool Aid

In 1974, Robert Reese used the name Springfield Armory to manufacture semi-automatic versions of the M14 rifle.

This company, now owned and run by Reeses sons, manufactures a wide array of firearms under the Springfield Armory name. Though it is not located near the former armory site and has no connection with the original National Arsenal, Springfield Inc.s motto is The Oldest Name In American Firearms.  While technically true, this is misleading since the company has no connection whatsoever with the original Springfield Armory in Springfield Massachusetts.

Springfield Armory has mastered marketing of the XD series and America is buying it.  Not for nothing, but this aint your great, great grandaddys Springfield. Springfield imports the XD pistol series from Croatia .

The HS2000 (Hrvatski Samokres (Croatian Pistol)), or XD (X-treme Duty) are a series of semi-automatic pistols that are polymer-framed and striker-fired. These pistols are Manufactured in the city of Karlovac, Croatia by HS Produkt (formerly I.M. Metal).  The Springfield Armory XD, XDM & XDs are the marketing names for the weapons, which are licensed and sold in the USA by Springfield Armory, Inc.

XDs are wannabe Glocks.

By the way, Illinois is the ONLY state in the nation that doesnt allow citizens to carry concealed firearms in public.  Call me crazy, but Mr. Wolf is not interested in buying a concealed carry pistol from a company located in the ONLY state in the USA without legal concealed carry.

Many of the SHOT Show 2012 bloggers are giddy about the the new Springfield XD-S .45 ACP. Go figure?   Heres a taste of the XD kool aid comming from Springfield Armory rep Rob Leatham at SHOT 2012.

Am I the only one who finds it ironic that a dude who works for a company in the ONLY state where you CAN’T carry a concealed firearm, is telling us, that this is his new concealed carry pistol?  Does he carry it in his pajama pants?  Your house is about the only place he can carry a concealed weapon in Illinois. Ill stick with my  Glock 36 , which I still consider the best compact concealed carry .45 ACP pistol.
Thursday
Jan192012

The Colt Mustang Pocketlite is Back

My SHOT Show 2012 “better late than never” nominee is Colt. Colt missed out on the record concealed carry market over the last couple years. But now Colt is jumping back into the consumer firearms market with the re-introduction of a longtime favorite, the Mustang Pocketlite.

Their .380 government model was discontinued in the late 1990’s, due to the cost of making small guns with older machinery, as well as hard times in the firearms industry. Concealed carry handgun licenses are available to most law abiding citizens in all but one state (Illinois).

The Mustang Pocketlite has an aluminum frame machined from plate, not cast, and it weighs in at 12 ¾ ounces empty. The slide and barrel are machined from bar stock steel. Modern machines at Colt’s factory should allow for a more accurate pistol with tigher tolerances. But Colt will keep the Mustang true to the original design, allowing for the new gun parts to work in the old guns, and vice versa.

The Comeback Colt Pocketlite suggested retail price is $599. I’m sure there are some “sentimental” old school “made in America” gun enthusiasts who will jump back on the Colt pocket pistol bandwagon. But I wonder about the timing, now that SIG has announced the P938 9mm will ship in the Spring.

The SIG P938 aims to shoot the lights out of the .380 mouse gun market. We’ll have a idea how that’s going to work out when SHOT Show 2013 rolls around in a year.

The SIG is essentially a copy of the Colt. The magazines, and probably some other parts, are interchangeable. There are a few minor differences, including the breech locking methods and the hammer spring assemblies. The SIG has a more squared-off slide.

The Colt has a single lug on the barrel which interfaces with a cut in the top of the slide to lock the breech. The SIG has a shoulder in front of the chamber that locks against the front edge of the ejection port—a feature which first appeared on the French SACM 1935S, the design for which was licensed to SIG in 1937 and has appeared on most of their pistols since.

By the way, Hickok45 weighed in on the SIG P238 yesterday. Enjoy the video. Life is good.

Guns have only two enemies, rust and liberals

Tuesday
Jan172012

SIG P938 Announced at 2012 SHOT Show 

The SIG P938 pistol has generated a lot of interest since word of it leaked in late 2011. The P938 is a single-action-only handgun chambered in 9mm.

I understand why this pistol would generate a lot of interest. Five different members of the Wolf family own a SIG P238. The P938 is a 9mm version of this very popular pistol.  SIG reps at the SHOT Show have said that the P938 has the same look and feel of the P238, and is only slightly larger than the .380 pistol.  It is rumored that many of the same holsters that fit the P238 will also work for the P938. I want one of these!

The SIG P938 will come in a variety of packages that have become standard across the classic SIG line including Equinox, Rosewood and Extreme.  Night sights are standard, with one option utilizing a TRUGLO tritium-fiber optic front sight.

Magazine capacity is six rounds.  The P938 is scheduled to start shipping around the second quarter of 2012 and will be shown at the NRA convention.  This one will is going to be a big hit.  I would guess there will be lots of P238 pistols for sale on GunBroker later this year.  If you know someone interested in a Sig P239 SAS .40S&W,  (+ 2 holsters, 3 sets of grips and a half dozen magazines), sent them this way!

From SIG:

SIG SAUER® P938TM Packs 9mm Power Into P238®-sized Platform

The company’s smallest 9mm ever is based on one of its best-selling pistols

With the introduction of the P938, SIG SAUER now offers the ballistic advantage of the 9mm cartridge in a platform similar in size to the best-selling P238 pistol.

A single-action-only trigger, coupled with full-size SIGLITE® Night Sights makes the P938 handle like a much larger pistol, yet is still easy to carry concealed.

“As soon as the P238 was introduced, we began to see demand for a 9mm version,” said Ron Cohen, SIG SAUER President and Chief Executive Officer. “We wanted to maintain the P238 accuracy and reliability, while providing the extra punch of the larger caliber.”

With dimensions just slightly larger than its .380ACP counterpart, the P938 packs six plus one rounds of 9mm into an all-metal frame. The cocked-and-locked single-action trigger gives the P938 unmatched accuracy in a pistol its size.

Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.